We had so much fun with the Summer Bow Tie blocks that people are clamoring (well, at least asking) if we’re going to do another block for fall. Well, of course we are!
What was the Summer Bow Tie Block Challenge all about? It was about making a quilt block a day. It was about getting into your sewing room if even for just a few minutes. It was about using up some scraps!
If you’d made one quilt block each day from the beginning of summer until the end of summer, you would have made 94 blocks! I’m not sure anyone managed the one-a-day approach, but it still kept many people sewing. Lots of people are finishing up their quilts now and posting them on the Facebook page. Here’s Toni’s that she posted today. There are lots of photos on the Facebook page. Feel free to check them out.
Ready for the next challenge? How about Hour Glass blocks for fall? Did I hear a moan? Really, they’re easy. It’s just a twice sewn half-square triangle–kind of like biscotti–twice baked cookies! If you make one block each day during fall, you will have 91 blocks made before the first day of winter even sets in! Here’s what an Hour Glass block looks like.
A few minutes ago I decided to make a few blocks and takes photos so I could post this tutorial Since I have shelves full of fabric bolts, it’s really tempting to just pull a few down and start cutting. But, I really need to do something with all my scraps. So, I pulled out one of my scrap bins.
I cut a bunch of 4-1/4″ squares. These will make a 3″ unfinished Hour Glass block. Note: You can make any size blocks. The formula is this–add 1-1/4″ to the finished size you desire.
I cut some cream solid to go with them. You can get ten 4-1/4″ squares from a strip. Mark a diagonal line on the solid squares.
Pair a solid square with a print square, right sides together. I used two matching solids and two matching prints. This will yield four Hour Glass blocks.
Stitch 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.
Cut apart on the drawn line.
Press to the print fabric. (Yes, I have an orange iron!) You’ve made a half-square triangle–and you’re half way finished!
Now take two of your half-square triangles and put them together, light against dark, dark against light. Snug up the center seam.
Draw a diagonal line that passes through your stitched seam.
Stitch 1/4″ on either side of the line and cut apart.
Voila! An Hour Glass block. Wasn’t that easy?
Here’s a little pressing tip. Wiggle the intersection a bit to loosen a stitch or two.
Finger press seams in opposite directions. This really eliminates bulk in you seams. A teeny tiny four patch will show up in the middle if you do this correctly. Your seams will press to the light, but that’s okay.
Turn it over and give it a press. Trim away the dog ears. There it is–your first Hour Glass block. Actually, you’ll get two blocks from each pair of fabric.
Since I did two pair, I ended up with four blocks. This is a very traditional way to put Hour Glass blocks together, but there are lots of possibilities with this block.
Use two different prints when sewing your half-square triangles together.
Much more scrappy.
If you put your four blocks together with all the browns facing in, it forms a pinwheel. Magic!
Or you can just mix them up for a scrappy effect.
You don’t even have to use a solid if you want to go totally scrappy, like this.
I hope you’ll join in the fun. Come to the new Facebook Page, A Quilt Block A Day. Even if you don’t make blocks, it’s fun to watch everyone’s progress.